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Kind Regards: Love and kindness in the final years

This month’s Kind Regards letter from SummerWood of Plymouth highlights the profound relationship that developed between family members and staff. It was the relationship with one nurse in particular that inspired the family members to seek volunteer opportunities to stay connected with the community of compassionate people at SummerWood. 
 
Hi Shannah,
 
Though you probably have talked with my sisters since our mom's passing, you and I haven't had much of a chance to share my final thoughts.
 
I just want you to know that all three of us daughters share a deep appreciation for you and your staff. You have shown kindness and understanding as well as a professional approach to your leadership in the Arbor.
 
We could always count on you to handle the details and keep us informed. Our mom wasn't always easy when she put her mind to doing things beyond her ability. Although, it was that spirit that got her to 94 and I'm hoping that she has passed that on to her family members as we journey on without her.
 
We hope that you and the staff will always remember "Bizzy Betty" for her fun-loving energy, enjoyment of music, making crafts and especially eating a good dessert after a meal!  We all know that she loved showing off her walker with her personalized license plate, twinkling with the lights that Mary in the kitchen gave her.
 
SummerWood of Plymouth has been a blessing over these last four years. Everyone has been there each step of the way from the third floor apartments and then down to the Arbor. All the activities were enjoyed by our whole family! 
 
In addition, it was important for our mom to worship and have a spiritual component in her life. We are confident that she felt the presence of the Lord in the Bible worship and church services in the chapel.
 
It's not only hard to say goodbye to our mom, but it's also hard to say goodbye to all of you. In fact, my sisters are already talking about doing some volunteering. In any case, God bless you and the work you do with those who need love and kindness in their final years.
 
Sincerely and with great appreciation,
 
Betty's daughters:  Sandy, Donna and Cindy

 

Kind Regards
 is a regular feature that shares the letters, hand written cards and emails we receive from those we serve. Beyond expressing appreciation, these letters remind us how important and needed our ministry is and inspire us to offer our best.
 

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